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The night before it all begins, Jude has the dream again...Can dreams be passed down through families? As a child Jude suffered a recurrent nightmare: running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six-year-old niece, Summer, is having the same dream, and Jude is frightened for her.A successful auctioneer, Jude is struggling to come to terms with the death oThe night before it all begins, Jude has the dream again...Can dreams be passed down through families? As a child Jude suffered a recurrent nightmare: running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six-year-old niece, Summer, is having the same dream, and Jude is frightened for her.A successful auctioneer, Jude is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband. When she's asked to value a collection of scientific instruments and manuscripts belonging to Anthony Wickham, a lonely 18th-century astronomer, she leaps at the chance to escape London for the untamed beauty of Norfolk, where she grew up.As Jude untangles Wickham's tragic story, she discovers threatening links to the present. What have Summer's nightmares to do with Starbrough folly, the eerie crumbling tower in the woods from which Wickham and his adopted daughter Esther once viewed the night sky? With the help of Euan, a local naturalist, Jude searches for answers in the wild, haunting splendour of the Norfolk forests. Dare she leave behind the sadness in her own life and learn to love again?...

Title : A Place of Secrets
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ISBN : 9781847391421
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Number of Pages : 456 Pages
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A Place of Secrets Reviews

  • Charlotte May
    2018-10-05 14:13

    3.5 stars rounded up. This was a reread so that I could write a review on here. Jude is an antiques expert invited to value a large collection of astronomical writings, charts and items, in her hometown of Norfolk, belonging to the late Anthony Wickham in the grand stately house Starborough Hall. While there she becomes swept up in the mysteries surrounding the collection, most specifically the memoirs of a young woman called Esther Wickham - a woman who seemed to disappear from history. This is a sweet novel if you like family histories, with lots of coincidences that seem to tie in together.I enjoyed the unraveling of Esther’s story and how it linked with Jude’s grandmother’s childhood, and the gypsies who lived sporadically in the local area. All sorts of characters all linked to this mysterious house, and its residents.Not the most riveting of reads, but engaging enough despite numerous cliches. That wraps up my final read of 2017! Hope you all have a wonderful new year and prosperous 2018!

  • Joanne
    2018-10-03 22:21

    Just didn't work for me. Very slow pace and plotting, which is a shame as so many of the elements that I enjoy in a book were there: a house of secrets, old books and journals, a folly, mystery identities, etc... All well and good, but plain old good storytelling was missing.

  • Hannah
    2018-09-22 20:23

    Only the second Hore book I've read (the first being The Dream House), and I can see a maturity in her writing.A Place of Secrets is a multi-layered novel very similar in style to the novels of Kate Morton, with generational family dynamics and disfunctions, multiple jumps between time periods, hidden secrets, and a mystery to be solved from the past in order for the characters from the present time period to move on. Very good stuff if that's your brand of reading pleasure, and Hore almost nails it with this offering. Certainly, the amount of research she's done for this one is visable and impressive. Her various plotlines are intriguing and the book flowed, for the most part, smoothly. The storyline from the 18th century was the best part of the book - it was in this story of Esther and her star-gazing father that Hore's undoubted writing talent really shined. Where I wasn't sold was in the present-day characters; the sibling interactions of Jude and Claire's relationship seemed stiff and unnatural. The myriad coincidences that occured in order to tie up all the past and present storylines felt forced and had me shaking my head in disbelief. Perhaps more attention focused on fewer plotlines would have streamlined this novel and made it a 4 or 5-star winner for me. As it was, it was an enjoyable book, but nothing spectacular. I'll be checking back with Hore after she pens a few more books.

  • Yasmin
    2018-09-29 17:12

    I agree with the other reviews that disliked this book. I've read a couple of Rachel Hore's books, especially enjoying 'A gathering storm' and thought I'd give this a go. It was as if it was written by a different author entirely. I didn't care at all about any of the characters, except Anthony and Esther from the past storyline, and agree with the review that said this was the only thing that kept me reading. I skim read it just to finish it, but the 'revelations' at the end were so boring I shouldn't have bothered! Give this is a miss- the main characters are extremely irritating and unlikeable. But do try 'A gathering storm', that one is worth your time.

  • Lee
    2018-10-11 22:13

    I don't generally read novels marketed as "women's fiction" but this was pushed into my hands by a co-worker who convincingly raved about it, and so I dutifully worked my way through it. Maybe it’s too strong to say I was disappointed as I didn’t have sky-high expectations, but I was certainly unimpressed.For me the story failed to live up to a number of promises. The ‘blurb’ hints at a supernatural element that never appears, and the intimations of menace came to nothing of interest. Despite the potential for intrigue it was simply rather dull and entirely predictable. There were far too many contrived and transparent coincidences in the plot and denouement – in fact I felt maybe the novel should have been more accurately called ‘A Place of Coincidences’. I do feel over-reliance on coincidences and the reader’s willingness to accept implausible plot devices is the mark of lazy writing.Another reason why I failed to be gripped was the characterisation. The female lead, Jude, was rather wearying and not particularly likeable. I just wanted to give her a good shaking! The romantic hero, Euan, was stereotypically New Man – rescuing bunnies and living in a gypsy caravan. I couldn’t care for them individually or as a couple. Most of the supporting cast were two-dimensional clichés. The most interesting were the 18th century astronomer Anthony Wickham and his adoptive daughter Esther. Actually, the 18th century parts were the most appealing in the book - it was the astronomical details that kept me reading rather than the trite modern day romance.Ultimately, although I found it entertaining enough for a lightweight read to while away a few hours I think I’m just the wrong reader for this type of novel.

  • Avital Gertner-Samet
    2018-10-10 15:11

    This book was absolutely fabulous [the missing star stems from feeling that some things just worked out too smoothly...].Jude was working at an auction house, specializing in Eighteenth century manuscripts when Robert Weekham asked her to go back to Starbrough, Norfolk and assess his family's book and stargazing instruments collection. As Jude goes back to her childhood environment, on duty, she unravels the mystery of Starbrough Hall and folly together with the mystery of her unexplained nightmares that she shares with her 7yo niece, Summer.Jude studied the true story of the history of the documents' original owners from the mid eighteenth century - and us reader study it with her - one piece at a time. With every layer of mystery that gets peeled, every secret that gets revealed, she (and us readers) understood more about the history of the place and the history of her own family which is entangled in that of the folly. In addition, as a side story, Jude also dealt with the loss of her husband, Mark and the courage to move on - four years after her loss.The characters were well developed and endearing (some infuriating). I loved how each piece of the puzzle was revealed incrementally to help keep the sophistication of the plot and the thrill of reading and finding out how everything connects.I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction.

  • Kathy Hiester
    2018-10-05 15:23

    In many ways I loved A Place of Secrets. I felt the fundamental story worked even though it was a little sluggish and the story was so charming that I felt bound to continue to find out how things turned out. There were some interesting sub-plots including an intricate sibling relationship. However this book was totally ruined by poor editing. I have never read or edited a book with so many mistakes.2 Stars

  • Elise McCune
    2018-10-09 15:09

    A Place of Secrets is just the type of book I like to read. Jude works as a valuer at a London auction house and is successful in her job. Her husband Mark was killed in an accident a few years go and her relationship with Caspar isn’t going anywhere. A collection of 18th century books offers Jude an opportunity to combine work and a visit to her family in Norfolk. Rachel Hore very quickly establishes Jude as a warm, caring woman dealing with great sadness. There are twists and turns and one of my favourite things with the linking of the past and the present. I enjoyed this story and while not a quick read I enjoyed it immensely.

  • Rosie
    2018-09-27 20:08

    This was probably the worst book I have ever read, I would give it 0 stars if I could. Very badly written with corny dialogue, and the plot is terrible. The only link between the past and the present are some convenient 'dreams' and many many coincidences. It was a seriously awful book, stick to Kate Morton if you enjoy family history mysteries.

  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    2018-10-15 16:03

    I give this 3.5 stars.

  • Jennifer Hodges Young
    2018-10-22 17:08

    This starts a little slow but once it gets going it is really well done. You slowly come to see how it all fits together in a tight puzzle.

  • Anne
    2018-10-02 20:58

    OK, so she doesn't write great literature, but Rachel Hore writes some of the best love stories with a historical/mystical twist ever - she's firmly on my list of top ten authors. This one isn't published in the UK until 5th August, and thanks to Liz for passing it on. This one has all the elements I've loved in her previous books - the strong modern heroine, the gorgeous love interest in Euan, the extended family with secrets, the supernatural bits, the finding of a diary from the 1700s (the foundling child, the gypsies, the mysterious folly, the story of early astronomical discoveries...) the immense coincidences and unlikely links that drive the story... I loved every moment of it, and couldn't put it down! If you enjoy the likes of Susanna Kearsley, Barbara Erskine or Kate Morton you'll love it too.

  • Lusie
    2018-10-03 20:13

    I choose to read this book based on the beautiful cover, and did not regret picking it up. It's a charming story about Judith (Jude) who works as an antique appraiser. She goes to an estate to valuate astronomical books and equipment. There she finds an intriguing journal written by a girl named Esther who seemed to have been wiped from the family tree. Jude is determined to find out the secrets of the past. I liked the characters, each one had a unique character. My favorite character is Esther. You feel like you really get to know her through her journal. It feels like you are really there with her. I love books in which secrets of the past are unraveled, and this book is no exception. It is a bit slow paced, but there is a lovely atmosphere. In the end everything comes together. Though there are too many coincidences to still be realistic. Personally, I think the story would have been better if some of Jude's families secrets were left out.There are parts in the book that can not be explained, like the dreams Jude and her niece had. This adds a paranormal element to the book. I'm not sure what to think of it. It was just so strange, but didn't put me of. What I thought was a nice tough was that even though Jude did not discover all secrets, the reader found out what happened through accounts of the events through the eyes of the involved persons. Overall I really enjoyed the book and thought it was hard to put down. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction.

  • Christina Rochester
    2018-10-22 18:18

    Okay so I'm going to be a grumpy cow about this one; most likely because I'm still in hospital and now have a cannula in the back of my hand and I've spent half the morning being sick. But hey ho.I wasn't as keen on this one compared to other Rachel Hore books I've read. A Place of Secrets seemed to be a lot slower in its story and the ending felt a little too convenient. It just seemed that things tied together far too well and that gave things an unrealistic feel for me. Plus I felt we never really had a satisfactory explanation for the dreams which is a shame. Although I absolutely loved the glimpses of the Romany life being part Romany myself.I adored Esther's back story and loved how this was revealed over the course of the book. She really is an amazing character.This one is well worth a read.

  • Terena
    2018-09-24 17:58

    An enjoyable read centred on a lady who works for an auction agency in London and lands a job selling the effects of an ancestral pile in Norfolk. I know nothing about astronomy so cannot say whether the story was accurate or not, however it was a nice easy family history mystery with a side story of romance and family secrets as well.

  • Kirstie
    2018-09-25 13:55

    It felt there were too many twists and turns and all got a bit confusing I liked the style of writing and the characters but it just lost its way for me

  • Julie Goucher
    2018-10-20 15:08

    This book had a complex storyline and it takes great skill to weave the threads of the book separately then coming together to bring the story to conclusion.The central character is Jude, who works at a London auctioneers house and by chance answers a ringing telephone in her office. The caller wants a valuation on a fascinating collection of early astronomical books and equipment which have been passed down through his family. On establishing that the seller is living in Jude's home town , where her Grandmother, sister and niece still live Jude agrees to go and visit the seller for an assessment. Once she has arrived in Norfolk she sees the collection is a fine example of 18th Century history and immediately sets about assessing the collection, and Jude stumbles across a set of journals of the astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter Ester. She asks the mother of the seller if there is any more details on the family, only to be told that Wickham did not have any children. Jude is immediately curious.Meanwhile, she sees her sister and niece and is suddenly aware that her niece is having dreams. Dreams that she too experienced as a child. Was this a coincidence? The seller of the collection then confirms that he is definitely going to sell the collection and Jude is then thrust into the world of the Wickhams. There is an Folly in the grounds and Jude is intrigued. In the forest surrounding the property she meets Euan, who by chance lives in the cottage her Grandmother lived in and we start to see the gentle threads of the complex story forming. Ester's journal is in some parts a summary of her early life, found as a young child by Wickham she is adopted as his heir, but later on we see that, after Wickham's death his wishes are not carried out. Over the course of a little more than 450 pages Rachel Hore weaves a complex story in which the lives of the Wickhams and Jude's family are connected, added to that are connections to other characters who do not appear until later in the book.This book has been painstakingly written, and although a work fiction there has been research undertaken using the methods available as if the storyline were real. Certainly my best read of the year so far and I am looking forward to more from this author.

  • MissSusie
    2018-10-22 21:05

    I received this book from Librarything Early Review Program and with so much going on in my life I’ve gotten behind on my ER’s so I picked this one up on audio and am very glad I did as Jilly Bond’s narration was really good, so this will be a review of the book and the narration. Recently widowed antique appraiser Jude is trying to get on with her life but she can’t stop thinking of her husband so she decides to take a working vacation to look at some old astronomy texts and equipment and this is when the coincidences start. The estate where these things are is where Jude’s Great Grandfather was groundskeeper and where her Grandmother grew up, but she doesn’t like to talk too much about that time of her life except that there was a gypsy girl. It is also close to her sister and niece who seem to be having the same dreams Jude had as a child. Is that possible? And what is her grandmother hiding? Also why does this place look like the dreams Jude had as a child?I thought the author did a great job at weaving the past and present storylines together and the mystery of the dreams and what happened to Esther in the 1700’s. I enjoyed the mystery of Esther, this 18th century foundling adopted by rich amateur astronomer they are a happy father and daughter and he seems to love sharing his love of the stars with her, but her story isn’t always a happy one and when Jude finds her journals she starts to unlock the mystery of Esther’s life. This has a magical realism feel to it with the astrology and the dreams. It also has a touch of romance but it doesn’t over power the book. I enjoyed this new to me author’s writing style and will definitely read more by her.If you are a fan of Kate Morton or Susanna Kearsley I think you will like this book it has the same kind of feel to it with the present story mixed in with the past.Narrator Jilly Bond brought this story to life for me, her voices were well done and her male & female characters weren’t overdone. I was impressed with her work and will seek out other books narrated by her.4 Stars

  • Kristin
    2018-10-06 15:23

    This is one of those where there are 2 independent, and yet connected, stories are taking place throughout the novel. In this case, it's a story taking place in present day England and another story taking place in 1700s England. The main storyline is about Jude, an auction house appraiser, investigating the history of some manuscripts and astronomical instruments found in Starbrough Hall, a large estate in the small community where Jude's sister, niece and grandmother live. The two stories are tied together through related history of Jude and her family, and past occupants of Starbrough Hall. The 1700s story is about a bachelor estate owner, fascinated by astronomy, pursuing his interests with an adopted daughter, who eventually disappears. Jude attempts to investigate why. and where, the adopted daughter disappeared to in the 1700s, and the story surrounding the disappearance.I really enjoy historical fiction, well-researched books and well-developed characters in novels. This book was/had all three. I enjoyed both the present AND historical stories, and I thought they had realistic ties to each other. I enjoyed learning about 1700s astronomy. This book didn't have the "normal" historical context that a lot of historical fiction novels have (i.e. what was happening politically, economically, etc. in the 1700s at the time of the story), but the story was so strong that it didn't matter to me.This novel is a great basic fiction novel, that includes mystery, history, astronomy, natural science and even romance. I highly recommend it and plan to look at the rest of this author's novels.

  • Lynn Spencer
    2018-10-02 21:20

    3.5 stars This book had a lot of potential, but as I read, I kept getting the feeling that the author wasn't entirely sure what she wanted it to be.The present day portion of the book involves auctioneer Judith (Jude) Gower coming to a rural country estate to review a collection of books and items related to an 18th century astronomer. By happy coincidence, her sister and niece live in the area, so Jude can spend time with them. As Jude goes through the documents, she learns that the astronomer had a hitherto unknown daughter and that this daughter kept a journal. Jude finds herself quite drawn into the daughter's story and even after preparing the collection for auction, she continues researching this young woman's fate.Mixed into all of this we learn that Jude herself suffered from nightmares as a child and that the landscape of her nightmares bears more than a little resemblance to the wooded area around the house where she is worked. And oh yes, her 6 year old niece is now suffering from similar nightmares.So, what to make of all this? Well, sometimes the author seems to be delving deeply into a historical mystery rich with family secrets. However, at times she changes course and seems to want to explore a paranormal angle with the dreams - but then seems to think better of it and goes back to a straight-up mystery. The seeming indecision on tone and story direction made this book drag a fair amount in the middle for me, though it did pull together in a satisfying way at the end.

  • Lesley
    2018-10-15 21:08

    A Place of Secrets was a bit of a impulse purchase for me. I was in the mood for a fun, quick and somewhat mysterious read and when this popped up I knew it was what I was after. This is the kind of book I think of as an airport read. It's entertaining and engaging but not too taxing or time consuming.This book served as my introduction to Rachel Hore and I feel like next time I'm stuck in bed ill and don't want to strain myself with anything too literary I would happy pick up another of her offerings.A Place of Secrets is a bit of a duel story. It follows our heroine, Jude who works at an auction house specialising in books and manuscripts who becomes involved in valuing and researching a set of astronomy volumes and journals. While doing so a story from the past, long forgotten gets unearthed and the attachments between that story and Jude and her family become more and more involved.One thing that can't be ignored about this book is that it's brilliantly researched and the two main stories are interwoven in such an accomplished way. My only real complaint is the way things are wrapped up in the end. It feels a little hurried and like more time could have been taken to create a more believable finish. Things just seemed to fall in to place a little too easily for my liking but that just may be a personal preference.Overall I found A Place of Secrets to be a enjoyable read one that propelled me to continue to reach its conclusion.

  • Sabina
    2018-10-16 16:54

    I read one other book by Rachel Hore, A Gathering Storm, which was ok for me, and this is pretty much how I feel about this one. I was a bit worried when I saw it had a fair few negative reviews, but it wasn't bad, actually it started out very promising. A beautiful library in the country, an abandoned folly, strange dreams, old manuscripts and 18th century amateur stargazers, it drew me in and I couldn't wait how it would all tie together. It isn't precisely a dual timeline story as such, but secrets of the distant and not so distant past play a part in the lives of the present day characters. There were several interesting subplots, such as the main character Judith's relationship with her prickly sister Claire, but halfway through I pretty much lost patience with several characters and repeated scenarios. The writing was ok, although it didn't bring the place to live and could be quite stilted in places. The final reveal and ending was too neat and tidy for me, there were stacks of coincidences (a few too far for my liking) and the happy ending all round, complete with white wedding in the country, was just a bit too sweet. Still, I enjoyed large parts of it, but I have to say other authors (Kate Morton, for instance) do this sort of thing better and more believable.

  • Beadyjan
    2018-09-27 21:18

    I think there are a lot of great ideas in this story and I like the idea of several timelines running alongside each other. Rather than a dual time romance it is more a quad time romance.The women involved include Jude, a modern career woman working for an art auctioneers, her sister Claire, single Mum of 9 year old Summer, then there's their Mother and their Grandmother then the story of Esther Whickham an 18th century orphan adopted by an astrologer which comes to light when her journals turn up, several gypsy woman are also involved in the story at various points in the past yet its pretty easy to follow. All their pasts entwine and get tangled up around Starbrough Hall in Norfolk and a series of dreams, past events, diaries and heirlooms have you wondering just how many more twists and turns can possibly be fitted in to one story. There is romance of course with the dark and hunky (yet kind to animals) hero Euan.However there are almost too many coincidences which stretch my tolerance for writers license a teensy bit too far it was only the authors consummate skill as a writer which saved it. Well written characters tons of secrets and twists and lots of nice information about star gazing combine to make this a "curl up on the sofa with a bag of Maltesers", enjoyable romantic read.

  • Grace
    2018-10-08 22:10

    You ever have that book that, for some reason, takes you forever to complete? Yeah, that was this one. It was good, I just kept getting distracted by another book that needed read for book club. And Netflix. And life.Unlike some other books I've read lately with female protagonists, I actually liked this one. She had a personality, wasn't unbelievably weak or smart or clever. Just real. And I liked her relationship with her sister because it was believably complicated.The situation she was in was also realistic. The amount of time she was able to spend learning about the secrets of the title was due to a work assignment that actually made sense. And notable progress was made with a final result that fit well into her work.Where it veered into the realm of 'magic' was okay. I thought for a brief horrible moment that I had invested time into half of a book only to have it move into a reincarnation story line. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded. The story took a breath and moved back from the precipice.Things did wrap up a little too neatly, but still not too happily ever after. Some sorrows and bad things still happened.Also, a clean read, which is always a nice bonus.

  • Marsha Hubbell
    2018-09-26 20:04

    “A Place of Secrets” by Rachel Hore was a runaway bestseller in Britain. This was my first introduction to the author’s work, and I found the historical mystery riveting and difficult to put down. Auction house appraiser Jude Gower takes a call at work meant for a coworker and soon leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an eighteenth-century astronomer and his adopted daughter. Jude’s arrival brings back a flood of childhood memories and nightmares; her work uncovers a myriad of hidden secrets. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who wants to “make people fall in love with nature again.” While professing to be no physicist, he does believe in the cultural importance of astronomy: “I’m passionate about the necessity of the stars to us as people. Living in cities and town, and with so much artificial light, we’re in danger of losing our connection to the night sky – that sense of wonder about the universe and our place in it.”And it is indeed the stars, an observation tower, and the question, “Can dreams be passed down from one generation to the next?” that weave this tale of supernatural intrigue and haunting memories together.

  • Carol
    2018-09-27 14:55

    I have just read this on holiday where I enjoy a light romantic romping story but I was irritated from the start. I thought the language laboured, lazy and lacking in variety. Too many adjectives attached to speech. Then we get to the guts of the story - the far too conveniently interwoven stories in fact. Utterly implausible. Leaving out half of the links might have made it a much better book for me. The love story was actually unnecessary too, likewise the formulaic relationship between sisters and the 'angry unloved cripple’ angle - more than a bit over the top. A good story will work with one ‘conflict’ and a sub plot or two.Nevertheless I did grow to want to know how it worked out for Jude, Euan, Claire and Chantal. It just wasn't very skilfully crafted and I felt the dialogue rather mid 20th Century, arid and unrealistic.In the entire thing was tool formulaic and rather too convoluted to feel ‘real’. It read like a series of character descriptions to select for a modern romantic tale. It failed for me.

  • Tracy Terry
    2018-10-03 17:12

    A multi-layered read, A Place Of Secrets chronicles the modern day story of Jude alongside the unfolding tale of Esther, an 18th century astronomer, whose journals Jude happens across when searching through some old manuscripts in her role as researcher for an auction house. This is a wonderfully mesmerising story of how the past can effect the present, of whether dreams can be passed down through the generations. My only real criticism being the myriad of coincidences that on occasion verged on the absurd, by the end of the novel stretching credulity to its limits. Oh that, and the fact that some of the dialogue was at times a little too Bodice-ripper like for my personal taste. However, able to get past these slight annoyances I found the book very readable, Esther's diary entries particularly engaging, the astronomy aspect fascinating.Copyright: Petty Witter @ Pen and Paper.

  • Megan
    2018-10-16 15:56

    I enjoyed this book...having said that I read another review that mentioned how everything worked out a little too perfectly, which normally is something i like,happy endings and all, but it did make me laugh a little how well everything tied together and everything had an explaination that magically was discovered. i also felt the ending dragged on a little too long as everything unfolded. But yes, i gave it four stars because i loved the premises. I love stories that take place in the present but tell stories from the passed. Stories with mysteries and secrets to be told. And when there is some romance involved i couldn't be happier. So even with the negative i mentioned, it was still my kind of book.

  • Jeanene Palmer
    2018-10-03 20:09

    This is my first Rachel Hore read...her books have been on my Wish List for quite some time...She is a fascinating writer in that this story is very balanced and within that balance she brings new secrets to bring a greater balance. My mind compared her writing to a Chef who will make a fine dinner. The planning, the ingredients and the making of each dish...Then the presentation of each of those dishes from the china, glasses, wines, lovely fresh food and watching the guests delight in every morsel. A quiet smile of satisfaction as she, the Chef has written her story...and her guests linger at the table discussing the delights and satisfaction of each dish and chapter...That's my literary attempt...

  • Cathy
    2018-10-18 16:02

    Enjoyable read. Interesting story with several mysteries to solve. Dragged a bit. A little too long on descriptions of everyday activities. A few too many coincidences tying together the plot. Overall a solid three stars. Similar to Susanna Kearsley or Kate Morton.One thing that bothered me: the main character, Jude, is supposed to be a professional researcher looking into the history of a book collection, but constantly needs suggestions from other characters about where to look for information.